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Useful links and organisations - Mobility & walking


Age UK
Local Age UK (previously Age Concern & Help the Aged) charities offer a wide range of activities and services. Dependent on the size of your local branch it may offer information and advice; activities outside the home; emotional and social support; and personal care. Search for your local Age UK branch.


AskSARA
AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details. Visit AskSARA's Wheelchair & scooter accessories.


The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)
The BHTA is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare trade association. Its membership consists of some 350 companies (both large and small) from across the many non-pharmaceutical sectors of the healthcare industry. The BHTA is closely involved with developing industry and product standards, maintaining and improving on product choice, quality and, above all, safety. Of particular note is the BHTA's Code of Practice, which sets out the standards its members must meet and the work alongside this to identify best practice, eliminate "cowboy" behaviour and to ensure that member businesses are ones that members of the public can trust to give good service.


The College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (previously known as OTIP)
If you are looking for a private practice Occupational Therapist to give you independent advice or to provide private treatment, you can search the online directory which lists members throughout the country.


The Department of Transport
The Department's aim is transport that works for everyone. They are responsible for transport and accessibility issues and policy papers and speeches.


Directgov
GOV.UK is a large website giving information on all public services including useful information on services for people with disabilities.


Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK is a national organisation run by and working for disabled people. They represent their members opinions and concerns to policy-makers and legislators and actively campaign on disability equality issues. It is run by and staffed for disabled people.


The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) Factsheets
The DLF's free, impartial fact sheets provide general advice on topics such as features to look for when choosing items of equipment.


DPTAC
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) is an independent body that advises the Government on the transport for disabled people.


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
DVLA is the organisation of UK Government responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and a database of vehicles in Great Britain; its counterpart in Northern Ireland is the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA). The agency issues driving licences, organises collection of vehicle excise duty (also known as road tax and road fund licence) and sells private number plates.


Motability
The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to use their government-funded mobility allowances to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter.


Mobility centres
Mobility centres are network of independent organisations covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who offer professional, high quality information, advice and assessment to people who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or injury which may affect their driving. All centres give advice and can carry out an assessment if you are uncertain about your ability to drive following an illness or injury. Some centres can also assess your ability to control a powered wheelchair or scooter too, and can provide information and advice about choosing one.


National Federation of Shopmobility (NFSUK)
The NFSUK is a registered Charity. It aims to support existing Shopmobility Schemes at home (and abroad when possible), and to encourage the development of the Shopmobility network everywhere. In addition NFSUK will do whatever it can to facilitate public access and offer related guidance and information. The Schemes aim to promote equality of access and to encourage independence of people with disabilities (permanent or temporary), through the provision of mobility equipment such as scooters, wheelchairs and power chairs.


Rica

Rica has an online powered wheelchairs and scooter database.

RNIB
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading charity for information, support and advice to do with sight loss. They have imaginative and practical solutions to everyday problems as well as selling a range of products some of which are listed on this website.


Youreable
Youreable is an online community for disabled people. It has online discussion forums on a range of topics, including equipment and motoring. You can share views and information with other people through the forums.


Advice last checked: 28 October 2014 Next check due: 28 October 2017

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